LESSON 21 - The Lord's Prayer
Ben uniquely shares that our Father made a way for you to be Holy; He gave His Mercy to Wash you clean and Grace to empower you. He created you to succeed—to “be holy for I am Holy”.
OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN
“In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed (Holy/Sacred) be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (Matt. 6:9-13)
THE FATHER IS HOLY AND MADE YOU HOLY
HOLY FATHER MADE YOU FOR HOLINESS: The Father’s Name, which describes His character (Firm Foundations #19), clearly describes who God is and what He thinks and feels about you. He is Holy, Glorious, Majestic, Awesome, Supreme Pleasure, Supreme Knowledge, Supreme Authority, AND Father made you for holiness. Our Father made a way for you to be Holy; He gave His Mercy to Wash you clean and Grace to empower you. He created you to succeed—to “be holy for I am Holy”.
OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN: This is a prayer that Jesus taught you to Pray. Have you ever thought why He taught us to pray this way? This is the perfect prayer to produce PEACE in your life and the lives of those around you, AND this prayer will bring you revelation of God that will compel you to vigorously march forth in victorious holiness.
OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME: He is LOVE & HOLY. LOVE: the Perfect Patient Papa. He dwells in Heaven—loves you—and sent His Son to make you a child of God (w/eternal benefits package). He is HOLY, which declares the Fear of the Lord, and His name (see Firm Foundations #19) describes His nature and affections. Today, pray to your Father in Heaven and declare His holy nature into your life; minister His name back to Him and believe the character of His name will grow in you—making you holy as He is holy (1 Jn. 4:15-16).
YOUR KINGDOM COME: God is a King (see Ps. 2 & Firm Foundation #24), and He will dwell on a Throne in Jerusalem. Today, pray for His [King]dom to come freeing yourself from the kingdoms of this world (1 Jn. 2:15).
YOUR WILL BE DONE: God has a will (what He wants to accomplish). His will can be for today and tomorrow. Today, pray for His will in your life and that you will line up with His plan, freeing you from the frustration of doing things outside of His will. Remember, lay up your treasure in heaven (Matt. 6:19-21).
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD: The Good Father owns the cattle on 1000 hills (& owns the hill itself Ps. 50) and He is on your side—God brings provision for the vision. Today, STOP, give your heart and money to HIM in prayer, ask Him what He wills and pray for Him to provide. Remember, Mammon hates you & seeks to destroy, BUT God provides (Matt. 6:24)
FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS, AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS: God is a loving, merciful Father with the power, and desire, to forgive your sin. DEBTS: you and our nation have sin stacked up against us and it is important to ask forgiveness. FORGIVE: you have the power to forgive others, which frees you from the pain of the past, allowing your heart to be holy as He is Holy (forgiving someone of what they did means turning them over to Jesus the Just Judge, allowing Him to take your case and administer justice as He wills). Today, pray to become like God, and forgive those who have sinned against you. Remember, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matt. 6:14-15)
DO NOT LEAD US INTO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US: God the Father is the perfect leader. God does not tempt you. Instead, you are drawn away by evil desire inside you (Jas. 1:12-18). Today, pray for God to lead you away from temptation; you are turning away from your own ways and choosing to turn towards Him.
YOURS IS THE KINGDOM AND THE POWER AND THE GLORY FOREVER: God has a plan(s) for you that are eternal. Today, pray this verse—don’t worry—BELIEVE He holds tomorrow (Matt. 6:25-34) And in life’s storms build your life upon the never-ending ROCK, who is Christ (Matt. 7:24-29).
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